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Keep the Wakatobi experience alive after you return home or build excitement for your upcoming adventure. Visit this page for regular reports from Wakatobi dive staff on recent marine life sightings.

Report from LPM (March 2009 Trip 8)
We watched a huge Eagle Ray in Conchita and other larger fish were not shy either. This group enjoyed a long-tailed Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) around 40 m deep in Conchita, gliding effortlessly in the current. Watch as well the ballet performance by a couple of Humphead Parrotfishes (Bolbometopon muricatum). These two clips were shot on normal open circuit Scuba. The opportunity to get close proves that without fishing pressure the fish these days are much more relaxed in the sanctuaries created and sponsored by Wakatobi Resort.

As always, the 7 days trip passed too fast, and our esteemed guests vowed to return for more.

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Report from LPM (March 2009 Trip 6)

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Photo and video by Lorenz Maeder
On January 12th at night we had a green Turtle laying eggs on the resort beach. On March 12th, about 60 days later, during low tide in the early morning, the cute baby turtles left the egg shells behind and ran down the beach. They are fast! Watch the short video clip - Click Image on the right!

Robert Darmanin, 3rd time repeat guest had a productive time taking images and he volunteered some for our pleasure. Thank you Robert!

During several nights we had rain showers, but the days were mostly sunny, calm and diving conditions were mostly very good.

All photos below by Robert Darmanin
See more of Robert's photos CLICK HERE!

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Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
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Western False Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris
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Skunk Anemone Fish (Amphiprion akallopisos)

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Nudibranch Nembrotha kubaryana
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Nudibranch Chromodoris bullocki
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Colonial Tunicate with
tiny zooids on a stem (Periphora namei)
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Translucent Coral Goby (Bryaniops erythrops)

Report from CJ (February 2009 Trip 5)
With a resort full of guests, the dive guides were kept on their toes and the boats rung with laughter. Thank You to Werner Kurn from Ocean Enterprises and Mario Mizrahi for bringing us so many nice folks! The guests were pleased with everything from the leaf scorpion fish (Taenianotus triacanthus), the Funeral Jorunna (Jorunna Funebris), and down to even the tiny sea star shrimp (Periclimenes soror).

Diving conditions were great with mostly calm seas, great viz, cool critters and schools of fish.

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Roma Dive Site
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Chromodoris kuniei dancing in the current

At this time we also wish to bid farewell to Fabrice Ricaud; his laughter and long arms will be missed. We also wish to welcome aboard Britta and Mathias Baumbach who have been learning the ropes this trip

Report from CJ (February 2009 Trip 4)
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Well another wonderful trip has come and gone, the full moon shone down on us and a lovely time was had by all. We again had a small intimate group who enjoyed the extra special attention lavished on them both in the restaurant and underwater :-) Our house reef provided us with new and unending entrainments, one of the highlighs being a group of three Hypselodoris bullockii, one of which was laying eggs the first time we saw it! On our dive site Fan 38 West, we spotted a Giant frogfish (Antennarious commersoni) a lovely beige-golden colour, our dive at Magnifica entertained us with a feeding turtle and a full grown Broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus). We look back on this trip with fondness and now look forward to the next trip with a full house of guests! Until next trip...!

Report from CJ (January 2009 Trip 3)
dolphins leaping
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If the sun, surf, sand, beautiful beaches and the wind in the palm trees isn't enough to draw you to the Wakatobi Dive Resort, perhaps seeing dolphins cavorting alongside the boat, a ribbon eel free swimming beneath you or perhaps seeing a pipehorse will. On our travels out and back from Blade we were again escorted by dolphins, who both leapt for joy and danced with the us at the front of Wakatobi IV, all on board whistled and squeeled at the dolphins like the kids we still are. Roma, one of our loveliest dives sites also reveal a hidden treasure to us in the form of a male ribbon eel (Rhinimuraena quaesita) in the process of moving to a new house and not only that, but, we got it all on tape.

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First Video of new pipehorse (Kyonemichthys rumengani)

As we mentioned last trip a new pipehorse (Kyonemichthys rumengani) was found at our Kollo Soha dive site, well we now may have the first videographic evidence of this amazing critter! We have really enjoyed the family atmosphere this trip and are hoping to see these now familiar faces back here again in the future! Bon Voyage, safe travels, and good luck with the unpacking!

All video this report by PC and Alan Davy

Report from CJ (January 2009 Trip 2)
The wonders never cease at The Wakatobi Dive Resort! Yet again our guests were dazzled and wow'd as we travelled to and from Blade and were visited by both pilot whales and dolphins. A few of us were even privileged enough to slip into the water and see the dolphins in their natural habitat, if only for a few seconds! Once again this trip we had further visitations by turtles laying eggs on the beach, one even decided to try and join us for dinner IN the restaurant. We have also had some new sightings of both a halimeda ghost pipefish (Solenostomus halimeda) and the recently described pipehorse called a (Kyonemichthy rumengani) at our Kollo Soha dive site. At the beginning of our night dive at Teluk Maya we got to see a few mandarin fish (Synchiropus splendidus).

Our house reef also boasted a truly spectacular blood-spotted glossodoris (Glossodoris cruenta). BUT!!!! The piece de resistance was most definitely the 75% solar eclipse that we all got to enjoy on the 26th of January. Click Here for a more detailed report on that.

At the end of the trip we expressed a special thanks and farewell to two of our senior guides, Alex and Coralie, who we sent off with our best wishes and thanks for all their hard work over the past 2 years working here at the resort.

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